For his public service and his work in journalism and literature, Kit Tatad has received numerous awards and citations. Among other things:
- He was named by Time Magazine as one of “150 Faces for the Future” in its International Survey of Rising World Leaders” in 1975.
- Made Honorary Sultan a Macalangcap (Bearer of Truth) by the Sultanate League of Marawi City in recognition of his contribution to the search for peace in Muslim Mindanao.
- Made an honorary doctor of public administration, doctor laws, and doctor of humanities by one Korean university and two Philippine universities.